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Ontario Opioid Rehab

What are opioids?

Opioids are a broad group of drugs used to treat moderate to severe pain. “Opioid” is an umbrella term that describes natural opiates such as heroin and morphine; synthetic opioids such as fentanyl and tramadol; and semi-synthetic opioids such as oxycodone and hydrocodone.

How do opioids work?

Opioids work by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain and reducing the perception of pain. They come in both fast-acting forms (which last an average of 3 to 6 hours) as well as slow-release forms. Opioids are considered safe when taken exactly as directed. But all opioid drugs come with some risk of addiction, use, overdose, and death.

Because opioid drugs can produce euphoric effects when used in higher doses, they are often abused or used recreationally. People who use opioids are at a much higher risk for addiction and dependency.

Signs of opioid addiction include feeling an overwhelming urge to use the drug. Continued use can lead to tolerance, which means the person needs higher doses of the drug to achieve the same effect. The risk of opioid dependency is especially high with drugs like heroin and fentanyl. When a person becomes opioid dependent, they need to keep using the drug just to avoid uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms.

Overdose is a serious risk. Opioid-related deaths are on the rise in Canada and around the world.

Effects of opioid addiction

Opioids are some of the most abused drugs in Canada. Sadly, opioid abuse leads to many deaths each year. Between January 2016 and June 2020, there were 17,600 opioid-related overdose deaths in Canada; between April and June 2020 alone there were more than 1,600 overdose deaths.

As addiction spirals out of control, a person may become consumed with getting and using opioids. They may lose their job and their most important relationships. They may “doctor shop” to get prescription pills or switch to illegal opioids like heroin to get high.

What are the withdrawal risks with opioids?

For some people, opioid withdrawal symptoms can start within minutes or hours of quitting. For others, symptoms may not start for several days. Withdrawal symptoms can include:

  • Intense cravings
  • Severe anxiety
  • Nausea or vomiting
  • Muscle aches
  • Runny nose/sneezing
  • Diarrhea
  • Fever

Fear of withdrawal symptoms is one of the most common reasons people struggling with opioid addiction delay getting help. But today there are many opioid withdrawal treatments that can help ease uncomfortable symptoms during the detoxification process. These may include suboxone or methadone, prescription medications that can help stabilize people during detox and recovery.

If you or a loved one is considering quitting opioids, it’s important to consult with your doctor or a medical professional. Depending on your drug use history, you may need medically supervised detox to ensure your safety.

Overdose is a serious risk, and related deaths have been on the rise in Canada and around the world.


How we treat opioid addiction

Gateway Recovery Centre challenges traditional treatment models found in most addiction treatment centres in Ontario and Toronto, Canada. Here’s what sets our drug rehab centre apart.

  • Evidence-based therapies: As part of our inpatient residential programs, CHRC provides cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), and psycho-educational counselling to help our clients understand why they use substances. Clients learn how to better cope with triggers and change harmful thought patterns that often underlie addiction.
  • Individual and group therapy: Through one-on-one sessions with a licensed therapist and group therapy sessions with peers, clients can share their thoughts and feelings in a supportive environment. Our concurrent mental health programs provide specialized support for clients struggling with issues like anxiety, depression, or PTSD.

Learn more about our Ontario opioid rehab program in Peterborough. Help is just a phone call away.

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